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Carnegie libraries : their history and impact on American public library development

Author: George S Bobinski
Publisher: Chicago : American Library Association, 1969.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Carnegie and the Carnegie Corporation provided funding for 1,681 public library buildings in 1,412 U.S. communities between 1889 and 1923. This philanthropy had a great impact on the growth of public library development in the United States. Free public libraries supported by local taxation had begun with Boston in 1849 and slowly spread throughout the country. The Carnegie benefactions made them leap forward. This  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bobinski, George S. (George Sylvan).
Carnegie libraries.
Chicago : American Library Association, 1969
(OCoLC)904080631
Named Person: Andrew Carnegie; Andrew Carnegie; Andrew Carnegie
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George S Bobinski
ISBN: 0838900224 9780838900222
OCLC Number: 21757
Description: xiv, 257 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Responsibility: George S. Bobinski.

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Carnegie and the Carnegie Corporation provided funding for 1,681 public library buildings in 1,412 U.S. communities between 1889 and 1923. This philanthropy had a great impact on the growth of public library development in the United States. Free public libraries supported by local taxation had begun with Boston in 1849 and slowly spread throughout the country. The Carnegie benefactions made them leap forward. This internationally famous celebrity chose libraries as one of the primary sources for his philanthropy. He also attached two conditions to his offer of money for a public library building--the local community had to provide a suitable site and formally agree to continuously support the library through local tax funds. The latter solidified acceptance of the concept of tax support for libraries.

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